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幸せ立春

Part of Neefer's adventure in on-this-day
Wednesday
3
February '16

幸せ節分 or 幸せ立春

Happy Setsubun or Happy Risshun! This is a Japanese holiday celebrating the day before the beginning of spring (I think; these cross cultural holidays are not easy for me to decipher.) This holiday is part of the Spring Festival. It is associated with the Lunar New Year (but this confuses me because Risshun is always on Feb 3 which is the solar calendar).

豆撒き (mamemaki or scattering dried beans) is the ritual for today. When you throw your beans, you cleanse yourself (I think, maybe your surroundings?) of all of last year’s evil and drive away all of those disease bringing evil spirits of the new year.

This tradition came to Japan from the Chinese tradition of Nuo rituals or Nuo cults, 傩文化. Nuo translates to exoricism. This tradition/religion is regaining traction and recognition in China.

I start researching these things, and the deeper I dig, the more fascinating I find it.

I wonder if my dried bean is a dried soy bean? Being an American, I would like to toss navy beans and kidney beans and a blue bean if I can find one that hasn’t been dyed.

What am I thinking! I want to toss coffee beans! But are they really beans? And maybe a peanut should count, because it is a legume, unlike coffee. Does it make a difference to the evil spirits? If the evil spirits are the disease vectors, then no, it doesn’t make a difference. So there, I shall toss coffee beans.

Anyway, for your health in the new year, toss some beans!

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Treats can be cute and tasty.

Part of Neefer's adventure in General
Friday
29
January '16

#chocolate mushroom #cracker #cookie#chocolate #burger

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Future Engineer?

Part of Neefer's adventure in Family Stuff
Thursday
28
January '16

#minecraft

My niece loves Minecraft. Santa brought her a book on building things in Minecraft, and it was the first present that she spent time with. Santa felt very good about this.

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Wordless Wednesday

Part of Neefer's adventure in General
Wednesday
27
January '16

Nice job parking

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Bruno Sculpture

Part of Neefer's adventure in Crafts
Tuesday
26
January '16

Bruno sculpture #nanoblock #frenchbulldog

Santa brought me a nanoblocks kit to make a French bulldog. It’s really cute, and I enjoyed making it.

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Chillin’

Part of Neefer's adventure in Family Stuff
Monday
25
January '16

Someone left her pjs behind for me to rest my head on.

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New Jean Jacket

Part of Neefer's adventure in Sewing
Wednesday
20
January '16

Finis!  #jeanjacket

This is the Jeans Jacket (pattern #204) from Petite Plus Patterns.

This pattern has really great instructions. I lucked out in that I didn’t have to make any alterations. (Usually, I choose a pattern that fits my shoulders/neck, and do an FBA and maybe add room in the bicep area.) I did not have to lengthen this. I’m 5′ 7″ (170 cm), which is not petite, but my legs are longer than my torso. It hits me below the waist, where a traditional jean jacket would hit.

One thing that I really like about this jacket is that I can wear it unbuttoned and it doesn’t fall open. Usually, if I wear a jacket open, all the front fabric slides off my bosom and ends up bunched up at my sides.

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Bruno

Part of Neefer's adventure in Family Stuff
Monday
18
January '16

Bruno

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A new butterfly

Part of Neefer's adventure in Gardening
Friday
15
January '16

A new butterfly. #chrysalis

I think it is a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).

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Bunting

Part of Neefer's adventure in Sewing
Thursday
14
January '16

Blurry Bunting
Do you know what bunting is? I knew, but I didn’t know it was called bunting.

Bunting

I made a sample for a class. We tried to fit in in before Xmas, hence the Xmas theme in the sample, but that didn’t work. We have not scheduled the class. I’m not sure how I feel about working with this particular studio. The owner thinks that we should supply the sewing machines. I’m having a hard time with that. I don’t want to share my sewing machines. So we shall see what happens.

Bunting

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